More than 1,000 bid farewell to fallen Prince George's officer

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Photo - Police officers on motorcycles at the funeral of  Officer First Class Adrian Morris. (Graeme Jennings/Examiner)
Police officers on motorcycles at the funeral of Officer First Class Adrian Morris. (Graeme Jennings/Examiner)
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At Tuesday's funeral for Officer First Class Adrian Morris, the Prince George's County policeman killed last week in the line of duty, speakers described the law enforcement community as a family.

"Today," said Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, "we're all together with that family."

More than 1,000 loved ones, community members and law enforcement officers from across the nation gathered for the funeral of the 23-year-old.

He was celebrated at a service at Woodstream Church in Mitchellville. He died on Aug. 20, after the cruiser he was driving ran off Interstate 95 during a pursuit.

When Tuesday's funeral was over, officers saluted outside the church while bagpipes played. Morris' coffin was draped in an American flag, and a giant American flag attached to two fire truck ladders hung over the entrance to the church parking lot throughout the morning.

Officials, including Prince George's County Police Chief Mark Magaw and County Executive Rushern Baker, spoke fondly of a man who had ties to the police department since he joined the Police Explorer program at the age of 16.

"His loss has left us with a tremendous void," Magaw said.

In one of the lighter moments during the service, Officer Kenneth Hibbert recalled the first time he met Morris. He was just an Explorer, yet he challenged Hibbert to a footrace. Hibbert won, but was exhausted.

Hibbert recalled that he went up to another officer and said, "I'm going to the bathroom. I'll be back in 20 minutes."

Morris' uncle Linval Crosdale addressed reporters after the service and said his nephew had a big heart.

"His mother relied on him as a voice of reason and a stabilizing force who routinely rises above the fray," he said.

Officer Michael Risher, who was in the cruiser with Morris during the crash and was injured in the accident, was one of two officers who participated in a candle-lighting ceremony during the service.

Morris was buried at Lakemont Memorial Gardens in Davidsonville.

In addition to Crosdale, Morris is survived by his mother, father, brother, sister and other relatives and friends. Morris was the 27th Prince George's County police officer to die in the line of duty.

njagoda@washingtonexaminer.com

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Naomi Jagoda

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